Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor - Brouwerij Het Anker
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4.19/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately gentle hand. No identifiable date.
A: Cloudy, golden yellow. 1.5 fingers of mostly white head with good retention. Gets a bit rocky. Great lacing. Fine looking brew for sure.
S: Belgian yeast with a mild, musty funkiness. Fruit-forward with notes of apple, banana and pear. Lighter peach, lemon and orange.
T: Spice notes and fruit elements lead into a rather tasty, moderate noble hop bitterness. Nicely balanced with a fairly dry finish. Minimal alcohol. The hops ramp up their presence as it warms and it turns slightly herbal.
M: High carbonation that is a bit prickly early on, but gives a nice champagne feel once you are accustomed. Moderate body. Smooths out nicely in the end.
O: Very nice Belgian pale with some classic noble hop flavors. This beer underwent a cool transformation as I worked through the bottle: Straight out of the fridge it was pretty fruity and spicy with relatively tame hops. As it warmed the fruit notes faded and the hop notes really blossomed. Good stuff.
01-28-2014 21:53:19 | More by fourstringer
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a hazy whiteish golden yellow (looks like lemonade as it leaves the bottle neck) with an intense white head that actually grows as the glass sits idle, making quick chomps at the foam necessary to prevent overflow. Never gets below a rocky two fingers reminiscent of meringue. Retention so good it is almost too much until it settles down; big, stringy lacing. Inspires awe.
Sweet and slightly herbal. Nice round malt-forward smell. At least to my nose the hops aren't super present. Rich sweet yeasty esters, white pepper, touch of dark fruits.
Really well-balanced and well-done. Hay, grass, green apple skin, yeasty esters, tea, and a lingering herbal aftertaste. Very 'together'.
Warm and refreshing with a medium body, strong prickly carbonation and a clean finish.
I don't think that this is my favorite Belgian IPA but it is definitely subtle enough to be more drinkable than ones like Houblon Chouffe. Also, although Goudeh Carolus beers may not be the best in some areas, they are some of the most consistently good-looking beers I have ever seen. Could be a little more in-your-face in some areas, but like I say its timidity is part of its charm for me.
Would have again; worth trying if you ever come across it.
01-09-2014 05:36:22 | More by TheDoctor
3.71/5 rDev -8.2%
From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
Het Anker's Hopsinjoor is a tasty, but somewhat unbalanced hoppy Belgian pale ale. The ethanol content for the beer is not hidden or integrated well: this always feels a bit hot, and the ethanol numbs the tongue and reduces overall flavor acquisition. I've had Hopsinjoor a few times now and never been particularly impressed by it. One of the few beers from Het Anker that I don't think that highly of.
Pours a tall head of many centimeters in height, white in color, made up of small to large-sized bubbles, creating a frothy, soapy appearance that's rather unique. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting many minutes, eventually declining to a 1cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also excellent, with several thick rings, each with unique patterns, clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a cloudy golden orange color, as of dishwater, with light bringing out prettier and brighter orange-yellow hues. Carbonation not visible through the nearly opaque (90% or so opaque) body.
Aroma of pale pilsner malt sweetness, white bread, aromatic flowers, moderate Belgian yeast mustiness, with more subtle Belgian yeast phenolics (slight plastic) and slight grapefruit rind
Dominant flavors are of Belgian yeast phenolics, ethanol, and European hop bitterness with subdued floral and old citrus characters. Front of palate picks up pilsner malt sweetness, white bread, floral hops, slight old grapefruit rind: generally pleasant. Mid-palate experiences yeast phenolics (mild plastic, sharpness), ethanol, moderate hop bitterness, subdued floral and grapefruit rind characters. Back of palate detects continued strong yeast phenolics and ethanol, moderate to moderate-high hop bitterness, and slight grapefruit rind. Aftertaste of Belgian yeast mustiness, mild phenols (no plastic, just a bit of spiciness), moderate-low bitterness, slight breadiness, and mild ethanol.
Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in a foamy (4/5) and slightly smooth (1/5) mouthfeel. Ethanol mildly felt in the nostrils as heat and on the palate and throat as a light burning sensation. Closes dryly, with moderate stickiness clining to the palate and lips.
12-07-2013 23:13:06 | More by falloutsnow
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.